June is most definitely the official start of summer all over our country. Time to begin anew. I have an announcement. The 21st of June will be my last day working at Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda. It’s been an amazing run. I love the store. I love the people I work with and for. But my big picture is broadening and it’s time for me to work for ME. Work more on my blog and work more with you great readers who make my reading and writing so very rewarding. I have some new ideas for projects and will be expanding my horizons for the coming book season. I am excited. For those of you who are involved in book clubs I visit during the upcoming season, I look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces. For those of you who do not belong to one of the clubs I visit, this might be the time to sign up. I am happy to visit small and large clubs. Small fee. Big rewards. To book me just click on the Book Me Now button on this blog. I will get back to you asap.
Mary Kay Andrews stopped by Copperfish last month and signed copies of her new novel, THE NEWCOMER. It was our first in person event and everyone was socially distanced and very safe. It was wonderful to see everyone’s beautiful smiles.
This summer we have some amazing books coming our way. You’ve seen my summer reading list so you know some of them. I will be blogging about even more over the next few weeks. Right now I’m over the moon about MALIBU RISING by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I’m also very excited about AMONG THE BEAUTIFUL BEASTS by Lori McMullen; it’s a wonderful novel in trade paper about the early life of Marjory Stoneman Douglas. All of us here in SW Florida will be adding it to our library. On the fifteenth of June a book I’ve been championing since before the pandemic raised its ugly head, is finally coming out so your readers can feast your eyes on it:
MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS by Joshua Henkin is an amazing upcoming novel that takes place in Brooklyn, New York. It’s about family and challenges and is heartbreaking yet compelling as all get-out. My review will post closer to pub date.
I’ve been babying a small frangipani tree for two years. It needs to be planted in the ground. It’s made it through this winter and has finally flowered. I love that it’s a delicate pink shade. The other trees like it in my community are all yellow. Planting will happen soon. Roses are budding and will soon be blooming. They love sun and lots of rain. Orchids have seen their prime and will rest this summer. Anything green is going crazy. Plus, the mango trees are heavy-laden with fruit and soon will give them up.
I will have pictures to share of my upcoming Asheville visit on my July musing post. The excitement grows.
I hope you all are in your happy place for this summer and surrounded with great books to read and family to visit. Cheers!